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Seven-inch tablet runs Android on Tegra 2

Sep 8, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Amazon.com opened pre-order sales for a $370, seven-inch, Android 2.2 tablet from Stream TV Network. The eLocity A7 tablet is equipped with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2, 512MB RAM, 4GB of flash memory, and offers a seven-inch capacitive display, an HDMI port for 1080p output, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam, says Amazon.

Startup Stream TV Networks tipped its eLocity A7 tablet last month, with few details except for the screen size and the Android OS. Since then, some other details have been leaked, and today with the exclusive release on Amazon for a special pre-order price of $370, the full picture has emerged.

Stream TV's eLocity A7
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Like the vast majority of Android tablets announced this year, the eLocity A7 runs on an Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-chip (SoC), which builds upon a foundation of dual Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1GHz with the addition of eight co-processors. The tablet offers 512MB DDR2 RAM, 4GB of flash memory, and a microSD slot that supports 32GB cards, according to specs posted on Amazon.

The eLocity A7 offers a seven-inch display and accelerometers.
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Measuring 8.2 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches and weighing 1.02 pounds, the tablet features a seven-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, says Amazon. Accelerometers are also said to be supplied.

The eLocity A7 and its HDMI port
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The eLocity A7 is equipped with an HDMI port, complete with a six-foot cable, and is claimed to power 1080p HD video. Supported codecs are said to include H.264, MPEG-4, DivX, and Real Video, while the 1.3-megapixel webcam is said to support videoconferencing.

The eLocity A7 is further equipped with 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and 0.5 W stereo speakers, says Amazon. GPS, which is available on some other seven-inch tablets, but not many 10-inch models, is the one key feature missing in action here.

Options are said to be available for 3.5G and 4G cellular radios, and a docking port is available, although there's no mention of a docking station accessory.

As noted, the eLocity A7 offers the latest Android 2.2, complete with Flash Player 10.1 and Android Market access. There appears to be no mention of other Google apps, however.

Stated Stream TV CEO Mathu Rajan, "We are elated that Amazon.com, the nation's largest e-tailer, has teamed up with us to offer eLocity brand tablets to its customers. We believe that our tablet is a worthy competitor to the iPad and, we expect to exceed sales targets."

Availability

The Stream TV eLocity A7 is now available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon.com for $370, off the regular price of $430. No details were offered on final shipping.

The Amazon page for the tablet, which has a few errors — no, Mr. Bezos, the Tegra 2 is not based on ARM9 cores — may be found here.

The website for Stream TV Networks, which announced the Amazon appearance today, is still a simple stealth-mode holding page, here. Amazon lists the manufacturer as Elocity PC.


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